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Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce

by practicewithdanielle
Top down shot of cod cakes in tomato sauce in a silver pan on a white countertop

Do you ever notice things about yourself that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed until someone points it out? And you get mad at first then you’re like damn I really do that thing don’t I. 

Well I’m apparently an easy sell. 

It probably stems from the fact that I’m a people pleaser.

Actually, I think I have an extreme amount of empathy for people, meaning I can see myself in their situation and feel what they’re going through. Which sounds really nice at first but actually, this practice makes me pretty selfish. I selfishly want to help someone fulfill their dreams. Cuz it feels good to root for people.

Which means I almost got talked into about $17,000 worth of work for a new HVAC system.

Thank god I have that “someone” to point out how GD RIDICULOUS THAT IS.

Anyhoo what are we making for dinner tonight?

Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce legit takes less than 45 minutes and it’s a really creative way to eat boring ass cod. Sorry, Cod. You’re boring.

close up of cod cakes in tomato sauce in a silver pan

But you’re also cheap, Cod. So I love to eat you. It’s also really easy to find sustainable cod at your grocery store.

Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce are packed with herbs and spices and float in a delicious sauce that begs to be eaten with bread, rice or couscous.

I’d also consider this a healthy dinner option but I will repeat you should definitely eat these with all the carbs. 

close up of cod cakes in tomato sauce in a silver pan

There seems like a lot of ingredients on the recipe list but most of them are pantry staples (spices, canned tomatoes) and the others you’ll use in lots of dishes (herbs and bread).

I know you have wine in your fridge too…

Give them a try and let me know how it goes!

Obvi this came from Jerusalem.

Top down shot of cod cakes in tomato sauce in a silver pan on a white countertop next to mint

Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce 

(start making 45 minutes before you want Cod Cakes in Tomato Sauce)

Cod Cakes
3 slices white bread, crusts removed (I used 2 pieces of naan)
1 /13 lbs cod, halibut or another white fish
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
small handful parsley, chopped
small handful cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
4 Tbsp olive oil


Tomato Sauce
2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp ground coriander
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup white wine
14 oz can chopped tomatoes
1 chile, seeded and finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp white sugar
2 Tbsp mint leaves, chopped
salt and pepper


Start by making the tomato sauce. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add spices and onion and cook for 8-10 minutes until the onions get soft. Add the wine and simmer for another few minutes. Add the tomatoes, chile, garlic, sugar, 1/2 tsp salt and black pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes while you make your cod cakes…

Make breadcrumbs with your bread slices in the a food processor. Chop the fish into very fine pieces and place in a large bowl with the bread and rest of the ingredients (except the olive oil!). Mix well and using your hands, shape into 8 cakes.

They are meant to be soft, but if needed  you can stick them in the fridge for a bit to firm up or add some dried breadcrumbs. It’s also not a huge deal if they fall apart a bit.

Heat half the oil in a medium frying pan, and fry half the batch for 3 minutes on each side. You want to get a nice color on the outside of the cakes. Repeat with the second patch.

Gently nestle the cakes into the tomato sauce, and add about a cup of water to the pan. Cover the pan with a lid, and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. Turn the heat off then leave the cakes to settle, uncovered, for another few minutes.

Sprinkle with mint and serve warm or at room temp.


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